instead batali got schooled in a remote italian village. he made his splash in new york with babbo, and now he is known around the world for his restaurants, cook books, and personality. >> when you tell me that you're in a hurry, i'm already leaving the house. >> next, rachael ray. if the kitchen is a man's world, ray did not get the memo. growing up in her family's restaurant business, she turned her concept for 30-minute meals into an empire. >> pat me on the back. >> yeah, baby. >> and yet, the emmy award-winning host is too humble to take credit, calling her career a happy accident. bobby flay. flay says being a chef wasn't cool when he went to the french culinary institute, but he changed all that in the early-1990's, between his first restaurant and becoming a food network star. >> nerves are ok. utilize those nerves the best way. >> flay is still not afraid of hard work, even eyeing a run for office. rounding out the group, tom colicchio. to colicchio, cooking isn't just an art, it is a craft.